We are delighted to announce that Margaret Walker, founder of the Makaton Language Programme, has won the Pride of Britain, Special Recognition Award for her dedication to and creation of Makaton.
The ceremony was held on Monday 28th October. You can watch the Pride of Britain awards on ITV Hub until 5th December. (Margaret's award starts at 24:30)
Zanna Finnerty, Director of the Makaton Language Programme and Senior Makaton Tutor, attended the ceremony. She said:
“It was a wonderful night celebrating people of all ages, who go above and beyond to enrich other people’s lives. Watching Margaret receive her award was one of my proudest moments. I was in a room with hundreds of celebrities but the fact I was there with Margaret was already my dream come true.
"As a surprise to Margaret I stood on the stage and taught the audience to sign a message of thanks. It was terrifying but an absolute honour to play a part in the tribute to the amazing Margaret Walker and have the opportunity to share the occasion with her.
"Much to my excitement the stars of BBC Strictly Come Dancing awarded Margaret with her trophy”
Please join us in sending our warmest congratulations to Margaret and to all of the other well-deserved winners.
See also: A brief history of Makaton, Margaret explains how Makaton was first developed